President Barack Obama said Monday that the alleged Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative political groups for extra scrutiny is “outrageous,” and promised those responsible would be “held accountable.”
“You don’t want the IRS ever being perceived to be biased and anything less than neutral in terms of how they operate,” Obama said at a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron. “I’ve got no patience with it, I will not tolerate it and we will make sure we find out exactly what happened on this.”
Obama’s comments were his first on the situation since the IRS’s scrutiny of groups with “tea party” and “patriot” in their names came to light on Friday. The IRS also targeted groups working to make “America a better place to live” and ones focused on government spending and debt, according to a draft report from the agency’s investigator general. The president said he learned of the IRS misbehavior in the news reports that emerged Friday.